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HELLOOOOOO 2012

Hey 2011- Suck it. I’m so over you…..

I am ready for 2012! So ready for a fresh start, a new year, a shift in our lives. Matt and I have been talking for months about the kind of lifestyle we want for our family and we have some goals to reach that lifestyle in the upcoming year. I have a more detailed list that is coming soon but wanted to document our goals separately. We’ve already taken major steps during 2011 towards the vision we have for our family but we know we have more changes to make. One of the biggest life changing goals was for Matt to find a new job and he did. In June he accepted a promotion that moved him into the investments division of the bank. It came with a very nice raise and even more importantly, a much more family friendly work environment. He has the option to telecommute when necessary and he is not tied down to a 9-5 workday with a boss (or clients) micromanaging his day. It has been awesome for decreasing his stress level and increasing his job satisfaction as well as for allowing us to have the kind of family life we’ve envisioned for years. It feels like we are finally moving in the direction that we’ve wanted to go for a long time. We are really excited to see what the year holds for our family.

Lifestyle Goal #1- Streamlining Our Lives
This includes everything from decluttering our house to being more purposeful about what activites we commit to.

Lifestyle Goal #2- Focus on Family
Our family, that is. We want to do more activities with the kids, plan more vacations, make more day trips. We want to spend more time out of the house this year, more spontaneous day trips, exposing the kids to new things.

Lifestyle Goal #3- Health and Fitness
This includes everything from yearly physicals and dental exams for the family to better eating habits to more physical activity.

Lifestyle Goal #4- Household Management
It takes work to run a household of 6. There’s a lot of coordinating and planning and shuffling that has to be done for everything to run efficiently. I have some specific goals in mind to make running this household smoother and less stressful.

Lifestyle Goal #5- Family and Friends
We were a little reclusive last year, for obvious reasons. But now I’m ready to back into the world. We want to go to more events, have more parties, enjoy our friends more. Plus the kids really got the short end of the stick last year as far as playdates and parties. That will change this year.

Lifestyle Goal #6- Finding Myself
This is a big one for me this year. It’s certainly no secret that I’ve been struggling for the past year and a half. This year I am determined to put all that shit behind me. I will find my way out of this stupid PPD cycle crap. I will be free and I will be happy. I will enjoy my life.

Lifestyle Goal #7- Love Our Home
We have considered our options this last year. Stay in our home, move to a new home…..we could move if we wanted to but it really doesn’t make good financial sense to sell and move right now with the economy and real estate market in the toilet. Instead, I will be working on turning our current home into what we want it to be. We love our neighborhood and our neighbors. The kids love their school. So we will stay here and I will spend time this year updating and redoing our home.

Lifestyle Goal #8- Making and Preserving Memories
The kids are growing so fast. So very very fast. I’m already forgetting things that I thought I would remember forever. This year I will spend time preserving memories. I have lots of ideas on how I’m going to do that. On top of that I want to make sure that we make some new memories too.

Those are our main goals for our family for 2012. More details coming soon…..



I’m An Aunt

I just became an aunt for the second time in the space of a few months.  First Matt’s older brother and his wife had their first child in September. Now my sister and her fiance have had their little boy. I got to be there for the delivery and I was so very excited to be a part of it. A part of me was so sad to know that I will never give birth again but a bigger part of me is really happy with where I am in life right now. Happy with my family just how it is and content with whatever the future brings. It’s been a long road to get to this point so I’m enjoying it.

My sister meeting her son for the first time

Baby Jax- 5lbs 15 oz and 19″ long

A beautiful little red head

The Happy Family



WEEK THIRTY-SIX: A CRENSHAW MELON

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement. At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term.

How Far Along: 36 weeks, 1 day
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +21 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: I’m almost there….
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins…pretty much anything with carbs!
What I Miss: Pointing my toes and flexing my legs without cramps
Sleep: Sleep? What’s that?
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…5 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Heartburn and Reflux, Leg Cramps

These contractions are kicking my butt.  They are very regular and getting much stronger. In fact, I’m thinking I might be headed over to L&D a little later just to get checked out if I’m still this uncomfortable. But first we have to go to Target. Nothing comes before Target! Ha! Matt keeps joking that it will be hilarious if I go into active labor ON labor day. He really needs to stop that. It’d be a shame for his baby to be born while he’s still recovering from a well deserved head injury.

Here is my big ole 36 week baby belly:



WEEK THIRTY-FIVE: A HONEY DEW

Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds. Because it’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How Far Along: 35 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Enjoying the absence of med related side effects
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins…pretty much anything with carbs!
What I Miss: Pointing my toes and flexing my legs without cramps
Sleep: Sleep? What’s that?
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…1 week and 5 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Heartburn and Reflux, Leg Cramps



WEEK THIRTY-FOUR: A CANTALOUPE

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

How Far Along: 34 weeks, 2 days
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18 pound so far
Maternity Clothes: All maternity, all the time

Gender: We’re having a BABY GIRL!!!!!
Best Moment this Week: Hitting the 34 week milestone
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: TGI Friday’s loaded potato skins…pretty much anything with carbs!
What I Miss: Sleeping all night without peeing a gazillion times
Sleep: Sleep? What’s that?
What I am Looking Forward to: Reaching full term…2 weeks and 5 days to go
Symptoms: Pelvic pain & pressure, Contractions, Shortness of breath, Back Pain, Heartburn and Reflux, Leg Cramps

Yay! I’ve reached the point where my OB stops worrying so much about premature delivery.  He even stopped one of my medications and thankfully it was the one with the worst side effects. I am still on 3 other meds but the contractions are steady at every 4-5 minutes. I’m dilated to almost 2cm so it’s pretty much a waiting game now.